Hagel Backing Pennsylvania’s Sestak for Senate

By Peter Jackson | August 23, 2010 | 12:11 PM EDT
Harrisburg, Pa. (AP) - Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel - a Republican - is throwing his support behind Democrat Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race.
 
Hagel told The Associated Press on Monday that Sestak has demonstrated during his two terms in Congress that he puts what's best for the country before the interests of his party. He said Sestak's courage and integrity as a legislator are qualities the nation needs more of.
 
He refused to comment on the candidacy of Sestak's opponent, Republican Pat Toomey, a former congressman.
 
The men are seeking the seat long held by Sen. Arlen Specter, a Republican-turned-Democrat whom Sestak beat in the primary.
 
Hagel plans to announce his endorsement Tuesday at news conferences with Sestak in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel - a Republican - is throwing his support behind Democrat Joe Sestak in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate race.